Protests spread: Babruysk outraged by tax on ‘idlers’


Street protests in Belarus against a tax on the unemployed and part-time workers spread on Sunday from Minsk to other towns.

In Babruysk, over 600 persons participated in the protest rally in Lenin Square.

Decree Nr 3 signed by president Alyaksandr Lukashenka in April, 2015 established the obligation of the citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus, stateless persons, who did not participate in the financing of public spending or participated in such financing less than 183 days (six months – ed.) in the past year, to pay a fee of 20 basic units (appr. $230).  

On February 17 -19, protests were held in five Belarusian cities. The most sizable action took place in Homiel where 3,000 – 4,000 persons gathered.

This time, the Belarusian government opted not to break up the protests.

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